4th NBMC tackles responsible management and sustainable business


De La Salle University, Ateneo de Davao University, and the University of San Carlos, in collaboration with the Philippine Academy of Management, held the 4th National Business and Management Conference last July 22 to 23, 2016 at the Ateneo de Davao University.

The conference, which carried the theme “Tackling local, national, and regional challenges through responsible management and sustainable business,” was inspired by the business sector’s call for responsible management and sustainable practices amidst issues simultaneously arising from local, national, and regional setting, such as the ASEAN integration. The conference recognized how leaders and managers of organizations are forced to revisit their strategic plans and operations and called for cross-sector collaborations and building stronger ecosystems.

The conference’s keynote speaker was Ms. Jeannie Javellosa, co-founder of ECHOstore, GREAT WOMEN, and ECHOsi Foundation, who talked about how the ECHOsi Foundation promotes women entrepreneurship across the country. Featured plenary speakers included DLSU School of Economics Full Professor Dr. Myrna Austria, who talked about “The Philippines in the AEC: Challenges and Opportunities”; RVR College of Business Full Professor Dr. Benito Teehankee, who tackled “Building actionable knowledge for responsible management and sustainable business practices: The role of critical realism”, and Mr. Stephen A. Antig, Executive Director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, who talked about efforts of the industry to become globally competitive.

CCRES Business Analysis team holds meeting at DLSU


Key members of the Business Analysis Team of the Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) project paid a courtesy visit to DLSU Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Dr. Raymond Tan on June 9, 2016 before proceeding with its team meeting. Present were Dr. Mark Milstein of Cornell University, Dr. Sue McAvoy of University of Queensland, and Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy and Dr. Raymund Habaradas of De La Salle University. CCRES, a project funded by the World Bank, aims to understand how communities currently use and interact with ecosystem services, and how these interactions, along with external factors, have led to current problems such as resource degradation, resource use conflicts, failed or dwindling livelihoods or persistent poverty.

The project team from the Philippines, which was formed by the DLSU Center for Business Research and Development (DLSU-CBRD), serves as the CCRES project local partner, and is tasked to help collect data, analyze, and evaluate how several key existing business sectors are structured and currently function within the local El Nido economy. DLSU-CBRD will also coordinate with the CCRES country coordinator and supporting organizations from the local community, as well as business/management researchers from both Cornell University (Cornell) and the University of Queensland (UQ) business schools.

Other lead researchers of the team from the Philippines are Dr. Jesusa Marco and Dr. Andrea Santiago. Field researchers from the Philippines include DLSU faculty members Dr. Reynaldo Bautista Jr., Shieradel Jimenez, Liza Fumar, and Perry Carl Lim.